She’s a Hum Dum Dinger Pigeon

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She’s a Hum Dum Dinger Pigeon

2020-02-20T23:37:32+00:00February 25th, 2013|Birds, Blog|10 Comments

A little Rock Pigeon (Columba livia) courtship play … photographed on the Seattle waterfront, in the magic hour of a winter evening.

Music by Jimmie Davis – in the public domain

Photographed with the Olympus OM-D E-M5 + Lumix 100-300mm (micro four thirds) • Edited in iMovie


  1. Bob February 26, 2013 at 12:18 am - Reply

    They are in love, oh.

  2. CQ February 26, 2013 at 2:58 pm - Reply

    I’m happy they’re all lovey-dovey (rather, lovey pigeony), but I have to say that every time they locked lips (I mean beaks), it reminded me of two arm wrestlers going palm-to-palm for another friendly bout. Good to see that both birds are winners; no losers here, including the fortunate photographer — and her blog readers! Thanks for providing a feel-good moment, Ingrid. Makes me believe all’s right with the world. :-))))

  3. Bea Elliott February 26, 2013 at 5:53 pm - Reply

    Love the video! How beautiful pigeons are with their iridescent feathers – And could there be a sweeter call than a pigeons coo? Thanks for the smiles!

  4. ingrid February 26, 2013 at 8:12 pm - Reply

    Thank you, all. And … I make no apologies for my anthropomorphism by way of American roots tunes. 🙂

    • CQ February 26, 2013 at 8:22 pm - Reply

      What anthropomorphism? Better than anthropocentrism any day. 🙂

      • ingrid February 26, 2013 at 8:24 pm - Reply

        I should rephrase that, CQ. I apologize for diminishing the pigeons with anthropocentric notions of ‘romance.’

  5. M. Firpi February 26, 2013 at 8:24 pm - Reply

    Really like this Ingrid! It’s so cheerful!

    • ingrid February 27, 2013 at 7:16 pm - Reply

      Once in a while we need that, right Maria? 😉

  6. Ron Dudley February 27, 2013 at 5:18 am - Reply

    Oh, so many memories! As a kid I spent thousands of hours (literally) watching behaviors like this from my pigeons. Fun clip, Ingrid.

    • ingrid February 27, 2013 at 11:51 am - Reply

      Ron, I had the t.v. on in the background last night, and the Brady Bunch came on. At one point in the show, I happened to look over and saw that Peter Brady, in a bout of depression, was sitting in the park feeding pigeons. He also picked up and held a pigeon. It occurred to me that it had been quite a while since I’d seen a gentle, positive portrayal of pigeons in pop culture. They’ve been maligned so long now, and some attribute it to a concerted campaign by pest control companies.

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